I provide the following services – technical editing, pattern layout and chart generation.
One truism about lace knitting, you need a pattern in front of you to knit the project. I can help you make your pattern user-friendly, and additionally, on-the-go-friendly. I looked for things like – are the charted patterns or/and written instructions laid out for ease of use when printing so that progress can be easily tracked? Is the pattern setup so that it is easy to use with mobile apps like knitCompanion?
I learned to knit when I was 4 years old, the last 20 years my work has been exclusively with shawls and accessories. During this time I have developed unique expertise to create knitter-friendly patterns that will get rave reviews for their layout and ease of use.
My designs consist of various stitch patterns, mostly lace with an occasional cable. After all, who can resist a good cable? Most designs include mixed and matched stitch patterns (usually a very lacy pattern mixed with a denser one) to produce rectangular shawls, triangle top downs, Pi shawls, half circle swirls and others. The complexity of creating a design that grows with the shawl is what I find fascinating about using lace stitch patterns. The finished designs have an ebb and flow moving throughout the knitted fabric. To create this I use strong geometric lines and increase/decrease combinations that create gentle bias within the fabric.
I am a full-time technical editor specializing in the complexity of knitted lace used in creating shawls and accessories. I was a precocious knitter, starting in preschool at the age of four. I discovered knitted lace about 20 years ago and have been hooked on it ever since. I love the math involved in unifying various stitches to create shaped shawls and in selecting color combinations to draw the eye into the design. I enjoy the challenge of moving from one pattern to another while maintaining the shape of the shawl as it grows. Additionally, I am a computer geek, so I fully understand how to use desktop and mobile apps to make lace knitting easier – even for beginners.
I recently retired from a 25-year career in the management of property owners’ associations to pursue a career as a knit designer, technical editor and test knitter; something that lets my creative side sing. I live in the mountains of North Georgia with my husband, two cats and one very needy puppy.
My goal in working with you is to cut down the questions you get from knitters about your patterns, and increase the likes, loves, and Pins your pattern gets, ultimately your increasing your reputation as an excellent designer.
If you would like to discuss more about how I can aid in bringing your pattern to market email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
I look forward to talking to you and hopefully working together.